Spaghetti Bolognese (with Minced Soy Meat)

Although I was not at all fond of meat in my early years (and I am of course a vegetarian today) I loved the tomato sauce which surrounded the meat balls my mother made in her "spaghetti and meat balls" dish. I usually left out the meat and drowned the spaghetti in the lovely sauce. I often use organic pasta sauce to save time although I might add zucchini, onions and mushrooms for extra flavour, depending on the sauce I buy. I used minced soy meat although you can use vegetables only if you prefer. Just don't tell the people of Italy!

An easy and healthy twist on the classic Italian dish

This recipe is:

  • Egg free
  • Lactose (dairy) free
  • Nut free
  • Vegan

Spaghetti Bolognese (with Minced Soy Meat)

Serves 2-3


  • 500 millilitres (17 fluid oz) organic pasta sauce with tomatoes, garlic, onions, mushrooms, eggplant (or similar)
  • 130 grams (4¾ oz) minced soy meat (Non GMO)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon pepper (black)
  • 1 yeast free vegetable stock cube
  • Enough boiling water to cover the minced soy meat


  1. First of all, place the 130 grams soy meat in a large bowl, cover the soy meat with boiling hot water and leave some extra water as the soy meat will absorb the liquid.
  2. Add the 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon oregano, 1 teaspoon rosemary, 1 teaspoon pepper, 1 teaspoon coconut oil and the vegetable stock cube to the bowl. Allow the soy meat to soak for at least one hour (up to 24 hours is fine). Give the mixture a good stir.
  3. Next, fill a large saucepan with water and boil the 300 grams spelt spaghetti according to instructions on the packet. Drain and set aside.
  4. Transfer the soy meat to a large saucepan and add the 500 millilitres pasta sauce. Heat without boiling. Give everything a good stir.
  5. Place spaghetti on serving dishes (or serve in a large bowl) and pour some of the sauce on top (or serve separately).
  6. You can also add the spaghetti to the saucepan and mix everything together (be careful not to stir too much as the spaghetti will break).
  7. Serve with slices of baguette or other bread.


  • You can use regular stock cubes instead of yeast free ones.
  • You can use chicken stock instead of vegetable stock. 
  • You can use wholemeal spaghetti instead of the spelt spaghetti.     
  • If the coconut oil is cold (in which case it becomes solid), place the jar in a bowl filled with hot water for a couple of minutes.  
  • For extra flavour you can use fresh vegetables such as zucchini, tomatoes, onion egg plant, mushrooms and more. Just chop and heat on a frying pan for 10 minutes.